Planned Parenthood Video 11: The Perfect Partial Birth Abortion — ‘Something to Strive For’
Those of you repulsed by the latest sting video showing a couple of abortionists gushing about the wonders of partial birth abortions — well, you just don’t get it. In a world where Glamour’s Woman of the Year is a straight man with a penis, who’s to set any limits on what we can achieve? I mean, who are you or anyone else to judge people or things? That would be judgmental, which involves discriminating one thing from another, which borders on racism. Which is just so wrong.
We are postmodern Americans, blast it, with a can-do attitude. We. Can. Do. IT! Whatever IT is. For one woman, it’s achieving the perfect partial birth abortion.
Feeling judgmental? Careful. Behavioral science studies show that mental illness can result from instilling young people with religious grounds for judging things. There’s a clear causal pattern that starts with little things like heteronormative children’s books and cisgender pronouns, but later manifests itself in delusional thinking that makes people want to own guns and vote Republican, bottoming out down a slippery slope that leads straight to Baby Hitler. He’s there at the bottom, sitting in his stroller, glaring at people. Judging them. He’s very small, so it’s only a microaggression, but still …
I don’t want to be like Baby Hitler, so I’m not going to judge Dr. Amna Dermish, the Texas abortion provider who specializes in second-trimester procedures. We saw in the Planned Parenthood video released today that Dr. Dermish is still on the learning curve. She has gained valuable experience and learned the basic technique of transforming a nuisance fetus of 18 weeks or more into a treasure-trove of research tissue for the hungry organ market. For that Dermish can credit her mentor, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola.
It’s so uplifting to see women mentoring women — while helping women to be women, by freeing them from mandatory motherhood! Sisterhood is powerful. Our bodies, ourselves. Keep your rosaries off our ovaries. I am the eggman. They are the eggmen. I am the walrus. Goo goo g’ joob.
Dr. Dermish has learned from Dr. Nucatola how to keep intact and remove the “Product of Conception.” That’s “POC” for short — let’s pronounce it “Poke” and think of it as a little Pokemon, a mischievous sprite or a squatter inside a woman’s uterus. It’s the doctor’s job to remove the troublesome little Pokemon. Doesn’t that make reading about all of this easier, even kind of fun?
Too much of a stick-in-the-mud to believe there’s any fun in this? Think again. Dr. Dernish is fascinated by the details of fetal development, while one of her colleagues makes a game of trying to spot Pokemon’s heart:
“She’ll pull out, like, kidneys, and like, heart, and heart we frequently see at nine weeks and she always looks for it.”
“Just like, for fun?” the buyer asks.
The other doctor interjects. “Well, it’s cute.”
It’s important to love your work, and to work at loving what’s important. Planned Parenthood is a vast, national “love works,” a factory that finishes and perfects the products of our love, removing the little Pokemons who slip like gremlins into the process and gum up our works, then recycling them in the form of helpful medical resources. What’s not to love about that?
Don’t you dare judge us. We set out with clean, honest motives: We loved ourselves, and wanted to express that love in the most powerful, pleasant way possible — through the body of a partner. What a mystery it is, when two (or more) people come together to reveal to each other the most intimate details of their self-love, and revel in it! It’s something beautiful, even sacred, if you believe in that kind of thing. The universe brings human beings together, for a brief moment in time, allowing them to bare their souls to themselves in the presence of others, then offer some grateful hugs and move on with their lives. No one becomes dependent on anyone else, or interferes with his/her/zir healthy personal or professional development. It is quick, and clean, and beautiful, like a medical procedure.
When it comes to such procedures, Dr. Dermish is always learning, always growing. She reports in the latest video that she has not yet learned how to remove a Pokemon with its tiny skull intact, to harvest the valuable brain tissue. But she calls it something to “strive for.” It is so important to set life-goals. Whatever they are. The process by which we arrive at them is a sacred and private one, as each of us, to quote Justice Anthony Kennedy, seeks our “own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”